Mayor Sullivan Vetoes Repeal Of Sidewalk Ordinance
The mayor of Anchorage has vetoed a repeal of a law that makes it illegal to sit or lie down on downtown sidewalks. Mayor Dan Sullivan said in a statement that the ordinance is a “very narrowly tailored law aimed at conduct, not speech.” Sullivan says a similar law passed in Seattle was upheld by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The law approved in November bans sitting or lying down on downtown sidewalks during certain times. There are exceptions for medical emergencies, waiting for a bus or watching a parade. The Anchorage Assembly voted 7 to 4 Tuesday to repeal the law. Eight Assembly votes are needed to overturn the Mayor’s veto.